I think Van has a sexual encounter (or encounters) very much on his mind when he lists the “SAPSUCKER” (another sucker comes to mind) paperback titles - which all have a ‘woodPECKER’on the spine.
In the first title he finds a willing girl (“The Gitanilla”). Next comes the ‘salty’ or ‘dirty’ talk during foreplay to arouse the two partners (“Salzman,Salzman,Salzman”). By the way, I find it hilarious that there is in Toronto a physical therapy company which advertises its ‘Salzmann Massage’! However Salzmann is the name of the company’s owner, and she is probably not an Ada fan.
The next title (“Invitation to a climax”- see BB light note re IB & Lolita) is quite obvious. Next is “SQUIRT” & BB’s light note tells us that VN glossed this as ‘ejaculation’.
The next title is “THE GO-GO GANG”. Here I think VN wanted to refer to what is ejaculated, ie semen. He knew or found in a dictionary that a slang word for semen is SPUNK. Never one to pass on making a puzzle for us to solve, his thought process went from Spunk to Spunky to Sparky to SPARKY AND THE GANG which was an alternate title for the fifties American TV show for kids called The Little Rascals. They were always on the ‘go’ - I remember as a primary school boy avidly following their adventures. It is just possible that boys with dirty minds, I guess that was all of us, called the show ‘Spunky & the gang’ without knowing exactly why it was funny. No doubt VN was not amused by the show: BB’s light note quotes from an interview “I loathe popular pulp, I loathe go-go gangs”.
”The Threshold of pain” (men can empathize with this penile sensation upon starting a 2nd bout!) is followed by “The chimes of Chose”!? Perhaps the bells are also the balls (ie, testes) being readied for a 2nd time ( women know this trick ).
And the final title is (another ‘copy of) “The Gitanilla”. Here we go again! Van, you are the man!